Monday, March 26, 2012

Primal Pancakes

I know I haven't posted in a while....I've been busy, with what? I have NO CLUE!!

My workouts lately have been pretty intense...and in my garage!!!  I am going on 3 weeks now doing the BodyRock.TV workouts every day, and I am seeing HUGE changes in my body!!  I seriously suggest you check out their website!!!!!  My husband keeps making comments about how good my legs look, and my back....and today I laid out in a bikini and felt COMFORTABLE in it for the first time since early in college!!!  Seriously, go check it out!!

Tonight I did some GOOGLING for a new primal recipe....and I found this recipe for Paleo Protein pancakes (No grain, No sugar!)  They are AMAZING...and taste like REAL pancakes!!! 

4 eggs
1 mashed up banana
1/2 cup almond butter
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2tsp baking powder
sprinkle of cinnamon

Mix 'em all together, and pour about 1/3 cup of the mixture into a HOT, well greased pan, but keep it on a low setting, around 2-4!  Flip after they start to bubble (when they're ready they will come up really easily) and cook for about another 30 seconds or so, until they look done.  Mine looked a SMIDGE burnt on the first side I cooked, but they didn't taste burnt at all!  They were SO good!!  I topped mine with a little butter and some LITE syrup, literally a few drops.  You could use more almond butter, or fruit....or whatever you want!! SO GOOD!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Primal friendly Banana Muffins

Sometimes I get sick of eating yogurt with fruit and nuts for breakfast every day (Ok Ok I'll be honest, breakfast for me is really lunch for ya'll...remember I work night shift, I wake up at noon on a good day!!!)  So I was REALLY excited to find this recipe!!

I stumbled upon this Recipe on Pinterest tonight....I told ya'll I was obsessed....

Anyways the Pinterest recipe is healthy, but calls for Stevia and Oats, according to The Primal  Diet Oats are a grain and we try to avoid I made some substitutions.  These were AMAZING (as in so good my Husband and his best friend LOVED them.....this best friend eats grain all the time...)  They're not only healthy, Primal friendly, but they also have PROTEIN, something I know a lot of us have difficulty getting enough of in our regular diets (I know I drink most of mine....)

So here's MY version of these banana muffins!! 

Banana muffins

2 eggs
1 cup almond flour
1 banana
1/2 c honey
1tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1tsp cinnamon
dash pumpkin pie spice
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/2c nonfat plain yogurt

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Grease muffin tins (I used spray Pam) and fill about 2/3 full.  Bake at 350* for 15 minutes, and enjoy!
They don't look very pretty but they were YUMMY!!

 The Hubs added a few dark chocolate chips to some and said it was really good (I don't like chocolate.....*Insert eye roll here.....*)  I also made some with chopped almonds in them, and that was awesome as well!!  Add anything you like!  Next time I'm going to add the blueberries I have in the fridge!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Biceps and Sexy Beasts

I've been doing the BodyRock.TV workouts, but supplementing them with some gym workouts of my own too!  Today I was ready to go to the gym before BodyRock posted their workout (Damn Australian time!!) So I did my own workout! 
3 sets of each circuit

-Bicep curls 12.5lbs x 10
-Box jumps x 10

 (Start with a bar - I do 20lb bar - hands about shoulder width apart, bar down by your legs, for "1" lift the bar up until your arms are at a 90* angle - bent at the elbows - then go back down, that's one set of "1" do that 10 times, then for "2" start where 1 ends, in the 90* angle, and bring the bar all the way up to your shoulders, go back to the 90* angle, for one set, do 10 of these, then "3" do a full bicep curl, from starting at the legs ending up at your shoulders - 10 of these-  **This is only one set!!***
-jump rope 30 sec

-hammer curls 12.5lbs x 10
-burpees x 10

-Upright rows  (Holding a bar or dumbell) hands close together, bring them up to your chin, then back down to your legs)
-squats holding 20lb weights
-Reverse Crunches (Lay on your back, raise your legs up straight, lift your butt off the floor using your abs)

Then I did some more random ab stuff....They were BURNING by the time I was done!!

When I got home I made this......Zucchini pizzas!!!  Of course I found it on Pinterest.....

--Slice up a few zucchinis long - ways (I used regular cucumber shaped zucchinis, but aparently there are big squash shaped ones too!)
--Broil or grill them for about 10 minutes - just until they start to cook but don't let them burn!
--Top with spaghetti sauce/tomato sauce of choice (I used tomato basil pasta sauce from the farmers market!)
--Add shredded mozarella (I used the blocks of Lucerne mozarella, there's nothing in it but CHEESE!! No grain, wheat etc.)
--Then top with your favorite toppings!!
--Put back in the broiler/on the grill until the cheese melts (I like mine a SMIDGE on the crispy side, so it was about 5-8 minutes!)

They were a SUCCESS!!! The Hubs LOVED them!!  Healthy way to get your veggies and your pizza fix!!!
Here's why you should eat your Veggies......

Be a SEXY BEAST!!!  Eat Your Veggies!!!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Burning Boobies workout...

First of all is Boobies the appropriate plural (sp?) word for boobs?  And when I say boobies I really mean chest.... but boobies is more fun to say!  (My boobs don't physically hurt.....they are however shrinking....)  My chest muscles are burning today!!!

Normally I workout with my Husband.  He's been lifting weights for as long as I've known him (10 years this month!!) so I figure he's had enough trail and error for the both of us, and taken a few classes!  So most of my weight lifting workouts are lifting stuff he does....I just add in some stuff in between to up the intensity!! 

So here's the chest workout I did Thursday (minus the Hubby - he was helping a friend move!)

HIIT run:
5 minute warmup @ 3.5mph
20sec @ 9mph
45sec recovery @ 3.5-4 mph

Repeat x 6 (I normally do 8-10 but I had to work Thursday night)

CHEST workout:

Chest dumbell presses - 15lbs x 10 (this is an increase in weight for me finally!! Imagine you're doing a bench press but with dumbells)
Flys - 5lbs x 10 (Laying on a bench put both arms straight up above your chest then open your arms so they end up out at your side - like your body is making a "t")
Squats - holding a10lb weight - x10
Jump Rope x 1min

Repeat 3 times!

Fly Machine - 35lbs x 10
Calf raises x 20 (I do these on the machine or holding a 10-20lb weight)
Jump Rope x 30sec.

Repeat 3 times!

I also threw in some Abs at the end on an ab machine!

This was an AWESOME workout, and had me sweating like CRAZY!! I love making my workouts into circuits because then you don't have that down time while you rest in between're resting one set of muscles while working another, and get more of your workout in a shorter period of time!  My husband and I also prefer to "kill" one or two groups of muscles instead of doing full body workouts.  This is just our personal choice though....

I've been working out for a while, so these are the weights I use....feel free to start with a lower amount of weight and work your way up as that starts to get easy!  I've seen a big difference in my muscles, the way my body looks, and more recently my weight, since I started doing these type of workouts!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Skinny isn't Sexy...


I found this quote on Pinterest  today....then I read a few posts @ HungryRunnerGirl about the same subject, and it got me thinking.....

Sorry for the Iphone screen shot!!

"Strong is the new Skinny" is my new favorite quote....and I seriously repeat this to myself ALL THE TIME!  Skin & Bones is not sexy....lean muscle and a toned body IS!! (MY personal opinion....)

As women we all struggle with the WANT to look like Victoria's Secret models & the models we see on TV/in magazines.  I constantly show my husband pictures of "what I want to look like" and he's CONSTANTLY pointing out the AIRBRUSHING...and reminding me how unrealistic and UNHEALTHY that is (I have a good Hubby!!!)  I have recently gotten very into strength training, and the more Pinterest stalking and fitness reading I do the more I'm realizing the fitness world is pushing for STRENGTH NOT SKINNINESS!!!!!  And I <3 IT!!  As Janae put it, we only have one let's take care of it, let's eat HEALTHY and exercise!

For those of you that don't have to work to be skinny....More power to you.  For those of us that have to work at it, let's make it our goal to be strong and fit, not "skinny." 

I'm not going to pretend like I don't weigh myself, and yes sometimes I still dwell on that STUPID #, but I've made it my goal to not let it control my life.
 So when you workout and gain muscle, how you feel and how your body looks is WAY more important than that #. 

I've been posting my workouts, and once I master taking a self picture with my Iphone, I plan on posting pictures to share my results (yes, this is SCARY...but I figure motivation comes from seeing results so I'm going to show you mine!)  Besides I have like 3 readers, so who's gonna see it?!

My goal is to motivate others to be STRONG and FIT.  Hope I can help!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cowtown Half recap...a disappointing PR

First of all.... The Cowtown celebrates my 1st Runniversary!!!  The Cowtown 5k was my very first race!!! 

Aparently running a HILLY Half Marathon with no hill training leads to a slightly disappointing, crying crossing the finish line PR....(Thats what I get for not looking at the elevation more than an hour before the race...)
Team Got The Runs!!! 

I finished in BIGGEST goal was to finish the whole thing without walking.  I accomplished this, well sorta..... I walked through the water stops (that was in the plan) RAN up the BIGGEST hill I've ever seen (maybe I'm being a LITTLE sarcastic...) but seriously it was almost a mile long.  And when we reached the top and thought it was over....Noooooo we turned a corner and kept going up hill.  SERIOUSLY?! Who does that?!  The only walking that happened that I didn't plan on was within the last mile.... my back spasmed.  Big time....and it bad I cried for the last .75 miles.  (I have 2 unhealed fractures in the bottom of my spine from falling through my parent's attic in highschool....the injury was so bad I had to quit playing softball...)

The sad thing about all this is my legs felt good for the most part.  I did 10 miles last weekend and felt good....they were a little sore and tired but not my biggest problem.  UGH frustrating!

This was not my goal race....I still have 4 weeks left of training.  So I can't be THAT frustrated.  But I am....and I PRd....and my ankles didn't bleed!!!! what's to complain about?

I'm going to the Dr. tomorrow to get my back checked out (I'm being a responsible blogger/runner!) When I got home today I was ready to give up....BUT I'm not going to get defeated THAT easily!

However Olivia got her 2 hour goal!!! 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

HIIT Training

Let me start this off by saying HOLY BUCKETS OF SWEAT, followed ever so kindly by HOLY BURNING QUADS!

I have been doing some reading into H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training.  According to the research I've done (let's be clear....not the "published specific research information" required for my nursing job, but the "reading lots of blog posts/sports nutrition/training website" type of research.)  Anyways the research I've found has lots of  good things to say about HIIT.  Basically you are doing short bursts of maximum intensity with recovery in between.  This is AMAZING for fat burning.... again according to the research I've done. 

The past 2 weeks I have been in serious Half Marathon training mode, but managed to work a few HIIT runs into my training plan.  Last week my legs were extremely tired the day or two after my first HIIT run, so I took a few days off to recover for my 10miler I did on Sunday.  This week is TAPER MADNESS!!!!!!!!  And I'm struggling BIG time at it!  So Tuesday night I completed this workout.....and have not run much since! (that's what we call FORCED recovery!)

I do these on the treadmill
Warmup : 5 minutes @ 3.5mph
15sec. @ 9pm
45sec Recovery @3.5

Repeat 10 times
(I varied my sprints between 15sec and 30 sec, but always kept the 45sec recovery)

Cooldown : 5 minutes @ 3.0-3.5

The object of these types of workouts is to GIVE IT YOUR ALL!  You should be feeling like you're going to die at the end of your sprint, and you should be sweating BUCKETS!  Now I have a pretty good cardio base already, so if you're interested in adding a few of these into your workouts you might want to start your sprints a little slower.  You should be able to finish them, but it needs to be HARD!  I seriously sweat more than I have in a LONG time doing these!  It took me 26 minutes total (warmup and cooldown included) and was around 2.5 miles. As this starts to get easier, I will increase my time, the interval speed, and the # of intervals! 

Here are a couple of the resources I've found information on.....
BePrettyThinkPretty (search HIIT on her blog...)
Blonde Ponytail

Let me know what you think!  I will repost an update in a few weeks and let you know if I'm seeing any results!
Here's a little motivation.....
This pic came from FitPit's facebook page!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My new Inspiration = a KILLER butt workout!

My addiction to Pinterest has recently been rekindled....and now I have NO CLUE why I ever lost my obsession....

Anyways while playing on Pinterest during some much needed "Girl Time" the other night we stumbled upon this picture....

My new fitness goal is to have this ass....ask my friends, I've been showing all of them!  The great thing about Pinterest is it shows you the results, and all you have to do is click on the picture to get the workout that is attached!! 

This workout is a few workouts with a stability ball.  The key to these not-so-easy workouts is BALANCE!!  It's so easy to find a workout, and do it, without putting the full effort into it.  This workout REQUIRES you to squeeze your ass muscles (aka your glutes) as well as your abs to maintain the balance to complete the workout!  So here's the workout link!!

Great Glutes in 20 Minutes!

Let me know what you think!!!

Changing things up a bit...

So my "training" has taken a bit of a turn.  I have been doing a lot of reading/research into different types of fitness/training IN ADDITION to my running.  It has definitely been an increase in time comittment, but the results I'm seeing in my body are WAY different than when I'm running only.

So I've decided, in an attempt to interest more people/gain more readers....I'm going to gear my blog more towards an all over fitness blog than just a running blog.  I want to include more of my workouts (strength training AND running,) give readers workout ideas, as well as an insight into my running training plans. 

MIGHT even go as far as to include pictures of myself along the way (Keyword : MIGHT!!)  I have found a lot of inspiration and workout ideas through blogs and I hope my blog is a way for others to find the same ideas and inspiration!

What do you think?! Maybe in the process the look of the blog will get a little makeover too.....

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Skinny Fat

I found this blog on Pinterest the other day, (PS if you're not on Pinterest we need to talk, and I need to help you enjoy my obsession) and decided to take a look at it tonight. The Pinterest tag was “skinny fat to fit” or something like that. The blog is ThinkPrettyThoughts and I am ADDICTED to her now! She got me thinking about a lot of stuff tonight. Her name is Katy, and she started a blog to journal her journey from skinny fat to fit. I feel like I am completely in the same shoes. I have always been “skinny fat” and I’ve actually called it that for a long time. She brings light to the fact that there are tons of “regular” girls out there who eat like crap and do minimal exercise. She talks about how they are just as at risk for heart disease and what not as obese people are. Their lifestyles are just as sedentary, but God blessed them with “eat what you want and don’t get overly obese” genes. Fortunately & Unfortunately I have those geans (I accidentally spelled that "jeans" - lucky I caught myself!). I can do minimal exercise and eat crappy and not get huge….however I feel tired all the time (more so than usual with my night shift schedule), I have no energy, and I don’t feel good about myself.
Katy has inspired me to kick up my workouts and completely clean up my eating….not just mostly clean it up like I’m doing now (I feel real guilty for that cookie I ate when I got to work…Ooops!!) Especially because today was a rest day.

So I want to keep up with my running, it’s something I’m learning to enjoy, something I have watched myself get better at, and has health benefits all of it’s own. However now I’m going to kick up my “non-run” workouts. Katy does a lot of HIIT workouts (Blonde Ponytail does these too!!!) I think I want to add an extra speed work day and incorporate more HIIT style runs. I also want to kick up my weight lifting. I never increase my weight, or my reps. I do the same workouts and weight and reps every time. I get lazy in a way….Time for that to change! I don’t want to go all Body Builder Betty on you, but I want to be more fit, and more lean/toned!

Katy has logged her progress and discusses what has worked for her. Hopefully some more intense strength training will help with my distance running too!!

I want to be as “obsessed” with being healthy as she is….a good healthy PASSION as she calls it for being healthy! I will still have rest days and I will still have ice cream (occasionally….)

So here is what I had for dinner at work tonight. I felt pretty good eating this after reading her blog for a little while!!

What was left of my tuna salad when I got all "creeper taking a picture of her tuna salad" like in the breakroom.  Tuna, red bell pepper, onion, and pickle, a SMIDGE of olive oil mayo (Yes Smidge is a word...duh) and spicy mustard.
A good ole bowl of blackberries (I've had a TON of these lately because they were 4/$5 last week!

And this little yummy delight kind of tricked me.  So on my Primal eating thing I limit my carb intake (I don't eat grain....unless I'm being bad) this yogurt had 27g of carbs. No biggie, I need carbs and I need them from things like this.  However my "lowfat" yogurt forgot to mention on the front that it had 23g of SUGAR....Please see my Dear Sugar post to see why this is a problem for me..... I stopped eating it (about half way through - as soon as I read this) because I just didn't want the sugar!  I'm proud of myself for that one!!

My Iphone food pictures are FABULOUS I know….email me if you’d like to hire my MAD photography skilled self to shoot your next event (Bahaha yah right!)

Go check out Katy's blog!

Anyone have any feedback on this?  I think I'm going to start gearing my blog toward a more "healthy living" blog that strictly running.  I want to start posting my recipes, more food pictures, and my workouts.  Wish Me Luck!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How to be a "not" fat fat kid

When we got up this morning The Hubs and I decided to ride our bikes to the gym.  I've missed my lovely Trek.  We bought our bikes in September and were doing a REALLY good job riding them the gym, to grab dinner, to the Vitamin Shoppe.  Ya know, making use of the $800 we spent!

Then The Hubs bike got a flat tire, and we kept forgetting to take it to get it fixed, then he broke his ankle....well last week we finally got it fixed!  And today was our first gloriously leg burning ride!!  We rode to the gym, but we took the LOOOOONG, super hilly way.  Not cool for my first time on a bike in a few months....SO.NOT.COOL.  My legs were burning before we ever made it out of the neighborhood! 

At the gym we did a shoulder and back workout, then took the short way home!!

Tonight The Hubs and his friend were upstairs playing XBOX and I was bored so I decided to go for a little run.  I hooked up Knox and The Hubs friend's dog Aspen and took them for about a mile.  When I got back the boys said they wanted ice cream.....Ooooh I have serious problems saying no to ice cream.  So I justified my Root Beer Float by running to the ice cream place.  It was only about a mile away, but the boys that makes it ok right?  I ran about 2.5 miles tonight, that I wasn't planning on get ice cream.  This is how I avoid being a "fat" fat kid! 
Sorry for the terrible Iphone picture!!  Doesnt look it, but it was SO good!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Something's going right...

Last night I ran 7.05 miles. That’s a “run with no walking” PR for me!!!!! My average pace was 11:33, and my plan called for 12:34!! I also ran my last 3 or so miles at 10:30ish…. HOLY COW!!!
Can you tell I’m a little excited about this? It kinda makes me want to run long runs every day….Well maybe not EVERY day : ) When I finished I IMMEDIATELY texted Amanda to tell her how it went, just like I did after last weeks long run!

I had a beer with my girlfriend Elisa after my run (she bartends at the bar that is conveniently located on the trail we run) then met The Hubs for dinner (he was working….24 hour Sushi restaurant!!) and met his new partner!! When I got home I took a HOT bath this time, just wasn’t feeling the ice bath, and put on the good ‘ol CEP Compression sleeves! I wore them around while I did laundry (and by “around” I mean on the couch!) and slept in them! My legs feel AMAZING today!!! I’m LOVING this plan, LOVING how I feel during/after my runs, and LOVING how much my fitness/running has improved!!!

I feel like a big part of all this improvement is my diet, and my supplementation. I drank a protein drink when I got back in the car after running last night…we just bought EAS protein and I LOVE it, like actually enjoy drinking it, I don’t have to choke it down!

I started taking women’s active multi-vitamins, and am still drinking the Amino Acid drink before runs and lifting.

I also started taking Glucosamine this week in hopes to keep my joints healthy!

Maybe I feel so good because I'm finally training properly, and maybe it's because I'm giving my body what it needs? Either way, I'm loving this!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Runners High

I decided last night when I hit the craziest mid-run Runners High I've ever had, that if everyone ran, the world would be a MUCH happier place!

I decided to keep doing my long runs on Katy Trail in Dallas.  Last night there weren't as many people as last week, but almost every person I ran by waved and/or smiled.  Runners are just happier people I think! How could you not be happy with a serious endorphin release regularly?! 

I wonder if my husband thinks I'm nicer when I'm running a lot.....?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Switching Shoes & Strawberry Milk

Ok so I keep reading all this stuff about chocolate milk post run as a recovery drink.....And I'm all about it....except for the fact that I don't like all....therefore I don't like chocolate milk.  I love me some strawberry milk though.,...does strawberry have the same effect/benefits?

Also I have been wearing Asics Gel Cumuls 12s....I'm on my second pair.  I want to try something different but I'm not really sure which way to go?!  I've read a lot of people like the Mizuno Wave Riders and Brooks.  Any suggestions on a new pair to try?!  Please and Thank you!!

Mmmm Margaritas...

So first off.....SkinnyRunner is giving away a pair of Mizuon Wave Rider 15s!!!  I REALLY want to win this one....Mama needs a new pair of running shoes!!!

Next - I FINALLY had a run date with O-No today!  The Hubs and I went to the gym....I did a smidge of some leg workouts, and stretched a ton.  I was surprised how awesome my legs felt after my 6 miles yesterday!

So O-No and I did 3.5 miles.  My legs were a little tired, so she ran a little faster than me...but all in all it was a good run!  Followed by a Blue Moon at our fave little bar on our running trail!  To bad it got randomly cold and started raining! 

So we came home and enjoyed these little beauties....well this is the "after".,.Mmmm Margaritas.....

And I'm sure you're sick of these pictures....who am I kidding?  How could you get sick of this face?!!? 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hello Long Run & the PNW

I just finished my first LONG run on the plan Amanda @ 5MilesPastEmpty created for me!!  It was my long run that was due LAST Sunday (as in a week ago) but packing for Portland kinda snuck up on I made it up today.  Yup I'm a long run short but oh well!!

Vacation was FABULOUS!!  The PNW is gorgeous for sure....but damn is the weather gloomy and cold!  It was 75* when we left getting off the plan to snow/rain and 30* was SO not fun!  Oh well I got to snuggle, feed, rock, cuddle, and play with this face all week.....It makes the fact that I only got in 2 runs (1-1miler and 1 - 3 miler both on treadmills....BOO) all week SOOO much better!!

Isn't she the YUMMIEST thing you've ever seen?

So training is going surprisingly well this go round!  I actually ran the full 6 miles.  I stopped in the middle to stretch - I woke up from a dead sleep with the worst calf cramp I've ever had some stretching was MUCH needed.  It was a solo run in the dark on a trail in Dallas that is HEAVILY populated in the evenings.  I decided this was safer than my normal run through the neighborhood/highway access road.  Then I refueled with this....

...and took an ice bath.  I have a run date tomorrow with O-No and have to have fresh legs!!

So literally the day after my sugar post....I had this....
Umm I think it was white chocolate mousse, with sprinkles (little kid style) frosted animal cookies, blackberries, gummy bears, and cookie dough.  All the toppings little kids would pick.  My FAVES!! So much for that sugar detox thing....

I am finally starting to see results in my endurance, my speed, and my body.  Eating right, keeping my carb intake low, and running and lifting are seriously starting to take a good effect on my body.  I weighed myself when I got back into town (after a week of late night pizza and 24 hour donut shops) and I had gained 4 pounds.  That was on Friday.  Today I have already lost 3 pounds, just after a few days of eating right and working out regularly!  LOVING this!!  Results make it so much easier to get off the couch!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Dear Sugar....

Dear Sugar,
You are basically my arch nemesis (I feel like that's not the right term, but it sounded right in my head) I have done excellent on this Primal Diet....with the exception of you Sugar.  I can't help but take a little taste of the cookies in the breakroom at work, or say no to the ADORABLE Girl Scout that lives across the street....or resist the sticker her mom put on the 3 BOXES I ordered that says "NEED more cookies?" with her phone number and email address on it.  That pack of sour gummy worms in the cafeteria, or that my neighbor at work is snacking on...CAN'T.RESIST. Or how I torture myself watching Cupcake Wars and frequently find myself googling my next cupcake creation...for no specific ocassion. Or the intense craving I continuously have for donuts and ice cream (and YES I do want them together....) YOU ARE EVIL!!!! BUT Oh So Delicious..... 

I need a SERIOUS sugar detox.  I think this is the one thing keeping me from losing those last few pounds and getting rid of my LOVE HANDLES.  PS who named them LOVE handles?  Nothing about them resembles anything I love...except my sugar addiction maybe....And maybe making me slower?  HELP.....

Anyone have any good suggestions for a sugar detox/advice for fending off the cravings/ANYTHING TO HELP ME!!

Maybe I need therapy?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Listen Up

So I want to start this post off with something important....BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS when you run....especially when you run alone, or in the dark.  A friend of Beth (SUAR) @ Shut Up And Run went out for a run on Saturday morning, and still hasn't come back.  They found her shoe, but as of now have no other leads as to what happened.  All they know is she's still missing.

I run at night, A LOT, and alone, A LOT, and with my headphones (NEVER EVER in both ears, always just in one....) and I don't wear my music when I run in the dark.  My husband is a Police Officer, and paranoid.  Sometimes I get really annoyed with how paranoid he is...then something like this happens and I remember why he's like that, and that it's only because he loves me. 

So please please please pay attention to what's around you when you run, even during the day.  Carry pepper spray or a pocket knife, or hell even a big stick will do.  You will probably never need it....but you'll be DAMN GLAD you had it when you do.

Go visit Beth's blog, read her friend's story, and PLEASE tell someone if you know any details.

Maybe if I didn't wear running tights as regular leggings...

So the WONDERFULLY AMAZING Amanda @ 5 Miles Past Empty is a newly certified running  coach!!!  And she did me a HUGE favor!!  She made me my own personalized running plan.....and lemme just tell ya.... SO FAR I LOVE HER/IT!!!!  She took the componenets that I liked about RunLessRunFaster and Hal Higdon and married them for me!!!  I'm almost through week one and so far so good!!

Sunday (which I counted as Monday - it's setup as a Monday-Sunday plan) : 30 minutes on the bike, lifted back and shoulders

Monday & Tuesday were spent in the great (COLD, RAINY, MUDDY) outdoors!  We went camping in Oklahoma again.  I pretty much was kicking and screaming the whole way there, and ended up having a REALLY great, relaxing time!  It stormed like CRAZY Monday night, and was cold as all get out the whole time.  But it was fun!  I love spending time with The Hubs where we have nothing to do!

Wednesday - When we got home we had MUCHO errands to run, but I got in 3 slow, easy miles before we started....PS- it was like 65* outside. PERFECT weather. 

Thursday - Speed Workout 6x400m with 400m rest in between.  Ended up doing about 3.5-4 miles.  Felt good most of the time.  I'm really starting to like these speed workouts! 

When I wake up today I have 3 miles on the schedule, 3 miles on Saturday, and 6 easy miles on Sunday!!

Ok so I had an issue with my most favorite-est running tights yesterday.  It was WAY to warm to be wearing my tights...but I have this problem where I wear them as pants, with boots and a shirt.....(I totally just admitted how much of a fashion LOSER I am )...OOPS...and I was to lazy to change...I hate restrictive clothing when I'm warm.  Anyways, my legs felt like my hips were restrained or something.  Like I wasn't getting my full range of motion.  It was ANNOYING!!  I literally stripped them off the second I walked through the door!  Ever happened to you?

Friday, January 6, 2012

This weeks workouts

Quick post to keep track of my workouts...

Sunday: Recovered from NYE and worked!

Monday:  3 miles in 29:30!!!!!!!!  NEVER done this before!!!!!!
This is where I get to run sometimes....and added bonus, it's right by the Dog Park!!

Tuesday: Sat on the couch...Oops!

Wednesday: Biceps with The hubs then 30 minutes on the bike

Thursday: Workout #1 Week 1 of my training plan!  Warmup - 10 x 400m repeats with 90sec rest - cooldown

Ok there it is...!  Sorry for the boring post!!

2011 Recap

Here it really unexciting 2011 recap (both running and non)

-I was about half way through Couch 2 5K.  Still had not ran 3 full miles at this point.
-Signed papers and made an offer to build our very FIRST house!

-Completed C25K and ran my first 3 miler!  I texted The Hubs and told him I needed oxygen, and was ECSTATIC I did it!!
-Completed my first 5K, The Cowtown in 37 and some change....ran the entire thing!

-Started half marathon training....I had officially caught the running bug, and was determined to stick with it!

-Moved into our FIRST home!

-RAN MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!  The OKC Memorial Half.  A race that had a lot of meaning to me because the cause was close to my <3, and it was my first Half.  I finished, in 2:56 UNDER my goal of 3 hours!  The feeling when I crossed the finish line was more than I ever expected to feel!
-Another trip to Oklahoma full of bridal showers, a graduation, and lots of family parties!

-My best friend and my cousin got married to each other!!!  How perfect is that?!  Now my gorgeous BFF is family!  & Mrs. JJK #2!!! 

-nothing is sticking out from July....

-A trip to Colorado!!  Visits to the BIL, husbands best friend, and another cousin's wedding!
-Spent a week at summer camp with kids with asthma....and GOT PAID to do it!

-Celebrated 1 fabulous year of marriage to my Husband/Best Friend!  We had a great first year of marriage, and celebrated for a week on the beach in Galveston!
-Ran my first 5K with The Hubs!  Another one with a pretty personal meaning!  The Freedom Run which benefits the Assist The Officer foundation.  ATO helps families of injured/killed police officers.
-ANOTHER wedding....but no traveling involved this time!
-Saw Taylor Swift in daddy took us!  GREAT father/daughter/mother/sister night!

-The world got introduced to my PRECIOUS niece Krissie!
-Celebrated our FAVORITE holiday with some of our favorites...HALLOWEEN!!
-Finally got serious about running again....well kind of....
-A trip to Ohio for ANOTHER wedding!
-OSU Homecoming for the very last time with my baby sister (as a student)

-Hosted our first holiday as a married couple!  THANKSGIVING with both of our parents, my sister, and my grandparents!

-Half #2 - Dallas White Rock.  PRd 2:42!!  It was rainy and cold and it sucked but I LOVED it!
-My 26th Birthday (GEEZ Im OLD!)
-The Hubs 27th Birthday....HA he's even older!!!
-My baby sister graduated from OSU
-OSU beat OU!!!!!
-Worked all of Christmas, but had dinner with The Hubs, that's all I needed!!
-Ended the year with some FABULOUSLY AMAZING friends!!

Ok so maybe I did WAY more than I thought this year.....It was a great but BUSY year!

Another training plan

After talking to The Hubs I decided I wanted to take a second look at my training plan.  I read Run Less Run Faster a few months ago, really liked the idea of their plan, then totally forgot about it for some reason.  So last night I decided to take another look at it....

I sat down with the book, a notepad and pencil, and the February issue of Runners World.... And my official training plan was born....the very first one I've done all on my own!!  I took the speed workouts from RLRF and the long runs from Hal Higdon and combined them.  RLRF's first long run is 8 slow, easy miles, but I'm just not quite ready to do 8 yet, so I started with HH's 4 mile long run for week 1.  Here's week 1 of my plan! 

I just decided I needed a little variety while increasing my endurance at the same time.

So yesterday I busted out a bicep workout and 30 minutes on the bike!  Umm I always forget how much I use my biceps when I run because DAMN they were sore while I was running today.....and so was my BUTT!  The Hubs keeps telling me the bike will make my butt perky....It's the good kind of big already, but PERKY doesn't hurt!!

                    I am majorly lacking in the "take pictures of myself while working out" department!

Today was my first run day of my RLRF/HH combined plan. 
-10 minute warmup
- 12 x 400m repeats (2:15min per repeat = 9:00min/mile)
-10 minute cooldown

I made it through 10 of them before The Hubs decided we needed to leave so he could get ready for work.  Not to shabby!!  It was a workout for sure...but I feel AWESOME now!  AND I did it on the dreadmill....I HATE the treadmill, but an interval workout wasn't NEARLY as painful as a normal run! 

I went home and downed a proten shake....then took Knox for a walk!  Since The Hubs broke his ankle Knox hasn't gotten as many walks and he's being a spaz....a quick walk around the block and he hasn't moved from here.... Mission accomplished!

I'm about to pump out a few posts about my workouts this week!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's 2012!

Super creative post title huh?

Yup that's right's 2012!!  I ended 2011 with a crap-tastic 5 miler (lots of walking involved...some dog action....a few phone calls trying to make plans for the night) followed by some sister time and a LOT of champagne with some of my favorites!!

There was champagne in these babies!!  Another one of my alcoholic cupcake creations!

Happy New Year!!  <3 Jess & Knox! (The Hubs had to work :(  )

I wasn't really shooting for any major goals with my run....but it was GORGEOUS outside and I just wanted to enjoy the weather!

One VERY important running buddy is missing from this picture....but these are some of my favorites!!!
2012 is going to be a BIG year for me....I will post a goals post soon!  Lots of traveling to be done....again, one niece to spoil and another to be born....I've applied to go back to school (GASP) PS - feel special, most of my real life friends don't even know this yet! And I have some serious training/running goals! 

I was thinking of doing a 2011 recap, but there are a few months in there when nothing exciting all....but a lot of months worth recapping, so that post will come soon!